Friday, September 24, 2010

Wild Geraniums: World University & School Presentation at Nonprofit Commons in Second Life

Here's the transcript for World University & School's part of today's Nonprofit Common's talk in Second Life

[9:25] Glitteractica Cookie: Next we have Aphilo Aarde talking about world university and school
[9:25] Preston Addens claps. Thanks, Dancers and Kasuku!
[9:26] Glitteractica Cookie: Give it up for Aphilo!
[9:26] Mimi Muircastle: such an important project - on behalf of everyone!
[9:26] Gentle Heron: Thanks Dancers and Kasuku.
[9:26] Dancers Yao: yes of course
[9:26] Oronoque Westland: great work Dancers
[9:26] Oronoque Westland: hey Aphilo

[9:26] Aphilo Aarde: Hello All, Nonprofit Commons
[9:27] MacZ Urbanowicz: ola!!
[9:27] Buffy Beale: Hiii Aphilo!
[9:27] Mimi Muircastle: welcome!
[9:27] Buffy Beale: my prof!
[9:27] jacmacaire Humby: Hi..
[9:27] Aphilo Aarde: Nice to see all of you again!
[9:27] Aphilo Aarde: I'm developing World University & School
[9:27] Aphilo Aarde: And I'm here again to tell you a little about it.
[9:28] MacZ Urbanowicz: sign me up
[9:28] Aphilo Aarde: It's an open, wiki school - where YOU can teach
[9:28] Aphilo Aarde: :)
[9:28] Aphilo Aarde: It's like Wikipedia with MIT Open Course Ware/ Berkeley Webcast and other great Open Course Ware, also
[9:28] Aphilo Aarde: This is the URL for the present
[9:28] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:29] Glitteractica Cookie: what is the twitter handle?
[9:29] Aphilo Aarde: I'm going to talk about it until about 9:40 SLT and then we have a conversation
[9:29] Glitteractica Cookie: ok
[9:29] Aphilo Aarde: WUaS is planning on offering free degrees
[9:29] Aphilo Aarde: potentially through collaborating with great universities like MIT and Berkeley
[9:30] Aphilo Aarde: Matriculating classes in the current plan
[9:30] Aphilo Aarde: will begin in 2014 for BAs, Law, MDs and PH.D. degrees
[9:30] Mimi Muircastle: (whispers go bears )
[9:30] Aphilo Aarde: There's already :) a free Harvard doctoral degree
[9:30] Aphilo Aarde: at World Univ & Sch
[9:31] Aphilo Aarde: for 25 students in 2011 and 2012 for which people who applied
[9:31] Aphilo Aarde: and got in, would then move to Cambridge, MA
[9:31] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:32] Aphilo Aarde: is the link for the Harvard doctoral degree and where subsequent free degrees will be found
[9:32] Aphilo Aarde: World Univ & Sch is a wiki - and open and free
[9:32] MacZ Urbanowicz: wow, and i just did mine for a cool 70K
[9:32] Buffy Beale: Amazing how you've pulled this together Aphilo
[9:32] Aphilo Aarde: If you want to add a subject, in anything - just do it ...
[9:32] Aphilo Aarde: :), MacZ
[9:32] In Kenzo: many years of work from what we've seen, great job Aphilo
[9:33] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:33] MacZ Urbanowicz: got anything in French yet?
[9:33] Aphilo Aarde: This is the subjects link
[9:33] Aphilo Aarde: There are some basic French resources
[9:33] Aphilo Aarde: at the Languages' page
[9:33] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:34] Aphilo Aarde: WUaS would like to be in ALL 3000-8000 languages - each one its own school
[9:34] MacZ Urbanowicz: yowser!
[9:34] Aphilo Aarde: Wikipedia by way of comparison is in around 272 languages. And facilitate a universal translator building on Google Translate etc
[9:35] Aphilo Aarde: The best free, existing model for language learning I know of, and which is a model for WUaS
[9:35] MacZ Urbanowicz: yes, some of it is in how you interpret what a 'language' is
[9:35] Aphilo Aarde: is the Goethe Institutes, free Second Life German classes and daily conversation opportunites
[9:36] Aphilo Aarde: Yes - here's the Second Life URL for the Goethe Institute
[9:36] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:36] Aphilo Aarde: Yes, MacZ ... WUaS would like to consider languages to include dialects, pidgeons and creoles
[9:37] MacZ Urbanowicz: you may want to warn folks that they need to buy books to go along with classes
[9:37] Aphilo Aarde: partly because WUaS also hopes to become not only a school in EACH language, but also potentially a kind of archive
[9:37] MacZ Urbanowicz: the MIT books can cost $200
[9:37] Gentle Heron: Two questions Aphilo: (1) What is your accrediting institution? (2) Are you going to use Open Textbooks?
[9:37] Gentle Heron: ah Mac, you anticipated my second question!
[9:37] Aphilo Aarde: Good questions, MacZ and Gentle Heron
[9:37] Mimi Muircastle: same questions :)
[9:38] Aphilo Aarde: WUaS is working toward accreditation by the same organization that accredits Stanford and Berkeley
[9:38] Aphilo Aarde: and this process takes time
[9:38] Gentle Heron: Which one is that?
[9:38] Aphilo Aarde: WASC
[9:38] Mimi Muircastle: wasc?
[9:39] MacZ Urbanowicz: western associations of schools and colleges
[9:39] MacZ Urbanowicz: regional accreditation
[9:39] Gentle Heron: right
[9:39] Aphilo Aarde: And there are rich text book opportunities here at WUAS
[9:39] Aphilo Aarde: in the already extensive library resources section which is wiki
[9:39] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:39] Aphilo Aarde: But WUaS hopes to become a great university, collaborating with MIT OCW and Berkeley Webcast for example
[9:40] Aphilo Aarde: MIT OCW has many links to ... knowledge resources aren't extensive enough f
[9:40] Aphilo Aarde: when you just use text books ...
[9:41] Aphilo Aarde: So WUaS will of course use textbooks, but for the accredited coursework, students will also be buying their own books, - like MIT OCW
[9:41] Aphilo Aarde: At present I'm teaching a class on Harvard's virtual Island on Second Life for WUAS credit
[9:41] Aphilo Aarde: on the INformation Technology revolution - it's open and free and on Saturdays from 11a-1p SLT
[9:42] Aphilo Aarde: is the URL
[9:42] Aphilo Aarde: As a first for-credit class, I hope it will contribute to the accredtiation process
[9:42] Aphilo Aarde: And in January, World University and School
[9:42] Aphilo Aarde: will stream FOR CREDIT a UC Berkeley class - live
[9:43] Aphilo Aarde: It's a Biological Anthropology class taught by Terry Deacon on Tues and
[9:43] Buffy Beale: wow that's good news Aphilo
[9:43] Aphilo Aarde: Thurs
[9:43] Aphilo Aarde: Questions?
[9:43] MacZ Urbanowicz: i would suggest looking into using journal articles
[9:43] MacZ Urbanowicz: instead of texts
[9:43] Aphilo Aarde: Yes, MacZ - we want to do this ...
[9:44] Gentle Heron: Accredited courses do not necessarily require expensive texts... more and more profs are using free open textbooks, because then they have the ability to re-work the text, because they are Creative Commons licensed.
[9:44] MacZ Urbanowicz: at least for international community
[9:44] Aphilo Aarde: If, like Stanford or MIT, WUAS and school needs to pay for journal subscriptions,
[9:44] Aphilo Aarde: we need to build an endowment ... and then potentially we can open journals up to the world
[9:44] MacZ Urbanowicz: or get authors to donate
[9:44] MacZ Urbanowicz: their articles
[9:44] Aphilo Aarde: That's the goal ... perhaps - we're working on fund raising ...
[9:45] MacZ Urbanowicz: and links to author pages
[9:45] Aphilo Aarde: if we can pay what Harvard pays for all its journal subscriptions ... and then
[9:45] Gentle Heron: Many degree-granting institutions already have the ability to allow students access to journals to which they subscribe electronically
[9:45] MacZ Urbanowicz: very expensive
[9:45] Aphilo Aarde: you, who add your name to WUaS list - in the works -
[9:45] Aphilo Aarde: - simply an email address - can then have access
[9:46] Aphilo Aarde: Yes, MacZ ... WUaS is planning on becoming a World University
[9:46] Aphilo Aarde: but we do need to raise monies for this
[9:46] MacZ Urbanowicz: i don't know if you remember we're working on a community college system in Mali, West Africa
[9:46] Mimi Muircastle: are you a nonprofit at this time?
[9:46] MacZ Urbanowicz: so i'm neck deep in this stuff
[9:46] Aphilo Aarde: Yes, Gentle .... we're moving in that direction
[9:47] Aphilo Aarde: Yes, I remember ...
[9:47] Aphilo Aarde: Mimi, WUaS incorporated in April 2010 ... so yes, we are treated as a nonprofit
[9:47] Mimi Muircastle: ty:) great!
[9:47] Aphilo Aarde: Other questions?
[9:48] Aphilo Aarde: I talked here at Nonprofit Commons a few months ago - and for the record -
[9:48] Aphilo Aarde: here's the transcript - from Firday, October 16, 2009.
[9:48] Aphilo Aarde: What's great about World Univ & Sch is that YOU can teach here if you want to
[9:49] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks for digging up that link Scott/Aphilo
[9:49] Aphilo Aarde: And there interesting subjects - I'm very interested, for example,
[9:49] Aphilo Aarde: in how eliciting the neurophysiology of Loving Bliss works
[9:50] Ozma Malibu: Aphilo the AERA has a page of open access educational journals. Just an interesting trend.
[9:50] Aphilo Aarde: So there's a wiki subject here about this -
[9:50] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:50] Robo Mirabella: it also is a wonderful investment toward the realization of access toeducation as a universal right
[9:50] Buffy Beale: it sure is!
[9:50] Aphilo Aarde: and a talk by Stanford Philosopher Richard Rorty, for example, who talks about this
[9:51] LOM Runner: yeah, college kids are in so much debt now. It was all over the news
[9:51] Glitteractica Cookie: We need to move to the open mic protion of the meeting momentarily
[9:51] Aphilo Aarde: Yes, Robo ... Wikipedia has set a great precedent - with 272 languages, and around 14 million articles, starting in aobut 2000, and with a $10 million budget and 35 people on staff
[9:51] Aphilo Aarde: Thank you, Glitteractica
[9:52] Glitteractica Cookie: You all can connect with Philo after the meeting
[9:52] Aphilo Aarde: Yes, free degrees will be invaluable ... like the free k-12 education in this country
[9:52] Glitteractica Cookie: But now we need to let folks announce their stuff
[9:52] Aphilo Aarde: Yes, I'm Aphilo Aarde / Scott MacLeod and much of this information is
[9:52] Aphilo Aarde: here
[9:52] MacZ Urbanowicz: Glitter please
[9:52] Buffy Beale: thanks again Aphilo
[9:52] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks Apilo!
[9:52] Aphilo Aarde: Thanks
[9:52] Glitteractica Cookie: Yes macz?
[9:53] Aphilo Aarde: :)
[9:53] MacZ Urbanowicz: announcement
[9:53] Maybe Morahan: great information
[9:53] Glitteractica Cookie: Ok, you are up
[9:53] MacZ Urbanowicz: are there new folks here?
[9:53] Maybe Morahan raises hand
[9:53] Glitteractica Cookie: It appears taht there are many new folks
[9:54] MacZ Urbanowicz: yes, but they have to volunteer in order to get a mentor ;)
[9:54] Glitteractica Cookie: Any more new people
[9:54] Buffy Beale: hey, welcome Maybe
[9:55] Glitteractica Cookie: Any more announcements for the larger group?
[9:55] Glitteractica Cookie: does anyone esle have an open mic announcement?
[9:55] ShaunG Lynch: I have a quick follow-up report
[9:55] Glitteractica Cookie: ok shaunG
[9:55] Glitteractica Cookie: go ahead
[9:56] ShaunG Lynch: A few weeks ago I told you all hat some of my fundraising students would be doing their group projects assessing the fundraising operations of nonprofits orgs
[9:56] jacmacaire Humby: Yes I have a quick video contest to explain..
[9:56] Glitteractica Cookie: ok Jac, after Shaun
[9:56] ShaunG Lynch: Well, one of the groups has decided to do their project working with Bridges for Women, and have already been in touch with Buffy
[9:56] jacmacaire Humby: thanks :)
[9:56] Buffy Beale: yahooey, will be of such benefit to Bridges
[9:56] ShaunG Lynch: It's the first time I've had students do a project through SL
[9:57] ShaunG Lynch: Also, my office hours with my students are on Monday nights from 6 to 7 pm SLT and Wednesday mornings from 8 to 9 a.m. SLT
[9:57] Glitteractica Cookie: That is very cool
[9:58] ShaunG Lynch: I'm available at those times to assist ANYONE who wants guidance on fundraising or marketing matters
[9:58] Glitteractica Cookie: feel free to let us know and we ( will tweet your office hours for you
[9:58] Glitteractica Cookie: or just post to our google group
[9:58] ShaunG Lynch: That's it for me
[9:59] Aphilo Aarde: Here's the URL for the World Univ & Sch's part of today Nonprofit Common's talk - transcript
[9:59] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:59] Aphilo Aarde: for future reference
[9:59] Penguin Kuhn: great to hear, Shaun
[9:59] Buffy Beale: yes Bridges are very excited about this and so am I
[9:59] Aphilo Aarde: Great, Shaun!
[9:59] Buffy Beale: ty Aphilo
[10:00] Aphilo Aarde: :)

BEFORE the World University and School Talk above:

[9:12] Connecting to in-world Voice Chat...
[9:12] Connected
[9:13] Teleport completed from
[9:14] Dancers Yao: slide 7
[9:14] Voice not available at your current location
[9:14] Dancers Yao: you will need to play with the book to get each slide
[9:14] Dancers Yao: but it did work before!
[9:14] In Kenzo: Dancers takes great shots & is exploring machinima captures too :)
[9:15] In Kenzo: Be sure to go INSIDE the waterfall at Elder Voices.
[9:15] Buffy Beale: yes was noticing the great pics
[9:15] Dancers Yao: touch....then menu, then more, then take copy.
[9:15] Dancers Yao: Ink is making a wonderful machinima
[9:15] In Kenzo: (almost done - for stories of impact)
[9:16] Elder Voices whispers: Touch contents to turn pages, touch cover for menu ...
[9:16] Dancers Yao: It has been an adventure for us, as we work each day in real life to stop abuse
[9:17] Elder Voices whispers: Touch contents to turn pages, touch cover for menu ...
[9:17] MacZ Urbanowicz: great job yao - on that book
[9:17] Dancers Yao: this can mean testifying in court, and sometimes having our own life threatened
[9:18] Dancers Yao: so we appreciate a virtual world....
[9:18] Dancers Yao: and hope to find a way people could work with problems without violence
[9:18] In Kenzo: Dancers, Kasuku and I had a good talk about what kinds of health services would be most helpful here at NPC -- help finding insurance/care, specialty doctors, the right medical test to diagnose tougher cases....
[9:19] Dancers Yao: health care should be a healing experience
[9:19] In Kenzo: lots of education, they have a good movie to share at their next public event!
[9:19] MacZ Urbanowicz: ((book doesn't allow copy))
[9:19] Dancers Yao: go to more and take copy
[9:20] Glitteractica Cookie: Dancers, what is the URL and twitter handle for your org?
[9:20] Dancers Yao:
[9:21] Robo Mirabella: your work is most daring in this target of people denied proper care - congrats and brava!!
[9:21] Mimi Muircastle: access to health care = extremely important human right - thank you for the work you all do
[9:21] Dancers Yao: Thank you all and I hope you will visit soon....
[9:21] Kasuku Magic: Thank you all for coming
[9:21] Glitteractica Cookie: thank you Dancers!
[9:22] Oronoque Westland: there is no take copy Dancers
[9:22] ShaunG Lynch: Late arrival: Shaun Lynch, SGL Philanthropic Services, Montreal, Quebec, Canada;; @shaunlynch
[9:22] In Kenzo: We are hoping to schedule regular education events on Health so we can dig deeper into these issues and would love to hear what topics are most meaningful for you here at NPC, so feel free to email us offline too if you have ideas.
[9:22] Dancers Yao: go more than take copy on menu
[9:22] Oronoque Westland: no can do
[9:22] Gentle Heron: Dancers, I don't have "more" on the menu
[9:23] In Kenzo: Dancers was already able to connect one of our community members to a good doc to treat Lyme disease
[9:23] In Kenzo: weird, the object says it's shared with group and available to copy....
[9:23] Kasuku Magic: Right click on book - will say more at bottom of pie - then click take copy
[9:23] MacZ Urbanowicz: original needs to be set to copy
[9:24] Dancers Yao: more is on the bottom of the selection when you first see the hand to touch
[9:24] Gentle Heron: no pie in Viewer 2 sorry
[9:24] Dancers Yao: right click
[9:24] In Kenzo: Dancers, it may be a glitch
[9:24] MacZ Urbanowicz: folks
[9:24] Dancers Yao: will send you a book
[9:24] In Kenzo: you have it set right in the object menu
[9:24] MacZ Urbanowicz: the problem is with the book
[9:24] Glitteractica Cookie: maybe you can send a notice to the techsoup group with the copyable object
[9:24] In Kenzo: but Viewer2 isn't letting us copy it today
[9:24] Oronoque Westland: I am a TechSoup member, not NPC
[9:24] In Kenzo: we can send it to the group via message
[9:24] In Kenzo: as Glitteractica mentioned
[9:24] Dancers Yao: IM me if you want one...will place it in your inventories.
[9:24] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks in kenzo
[9:24] Oronoque Westland: that would be great Ink
[9:25] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, we will make that happen
[9:25] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks Dancers for your presentation
[9:25] In Kenzo: thanks Dancers, Kasuku for sharing your work today
[9:25] In Kenzo: I can't wait to read your FULL book!
[9:25] Kasuku Magic: Thank you In Kenzo - always
[9:25] Aphilo Aarde: Thank you, Dancers!

AFTER the above World University and School talk:

[10:00] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, next is Jac
[10:00] jacmacaire Humby: OK.. It's concerning the VIDEO CONTEST "ACT NOW" organized by "8 - NO TIME LEFT"... ( And you? How do you see the world today? )...
[10:00] jacmacaire Humby: In 2000, 191 Governments committed themselves to reduce poverty in the world. In 2009, 8 directors (Wim Wenders, Jane Campion, Mira Nair, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jan Kounen, Gaspar Noe, Abderrahmane Sissako and Gus Van Sant), joined their forces to create THE MOVIE 8, and they are leaving their places today, so that others can speak abour the MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS...
[10:00] jacmacaire Humby: Participants have just to send a short film, made between July 1 and October 30, 2010, from 3-15 minutes around one of the 8 MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS : fight against poverty and hunger, education for all, equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, fight against AIDS and other diseases, commitment to a more sustainable environment and establishing a global partnership for development.
[10:01] jacmacaire Humby: For more details see :
[10:01] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks Jac
[10:01] Glitteractica Cookie: Anyone else have final announcements for open mic?
[10:01] jacmacaire Humby: t present, some prices have not yet staffed.

So there is still opportunities for partnerships at several levels (from 40,000 euros to 10,000 euros). So, feel free to contact us now for your opportunities or other ideas for gifts.
[10:02] MacZ Urbanowicz: meeting after for mentors :)
[10:02] Glitteractica Cookie: we are at time, so last call for announcements
[10:02] Gentle Heron: Recent NY TImes editorial by Bono on implementing the Millenium Development Goals:
[10:02] jacmacaire Humby: Have a nice week-end.. :)
[10:02] Glitteractica Cookie: interesting, gentle
[10:02] jacmacaire Humby: If someone have some contacts with BONO??
[10:02] Glitteractica Cookie: Any final announcements for the larger groupo?
[10:02] Mimi Muircastle: interesting meeting - saw that article - love Bono:)
[10:03] Glitteractica Cookie: Last call for open mic announcements
[10:03] Glitteractica Cookie: going... going...
[10:03] Ozma Malibu: Mentor meeting after a short break!
[10:03] Ninlil Xeltentat: Here are the many ways to can get involved with Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:

Nonprofit Commons blog



Google Group:

[10:03] Ninlil Xeltentat: Facebook:


Weekly Networking Event: Wharf Ratz, Aloft every Tues., 8PM SLT

Monthly Networking Event: The first Thurs. of every month, at Common Ground, Plush, 7PM SLT

[10:03] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, well, all of you who want to stay to check out the mentor meeting for new avatars stay here, and the rest of you.... see you next week!
[10:04] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks again for another wonderful meeting
[10:04] Ninlil Xeltentat: thank you everyone!!!
[10:04] Glitteractica Cookie: bye all
[10:04] Kasuku Magic: Thank you very much Glitteractica, Penguin, Kali, & Nenlil for everything - always :)
[10:04] Ozma Malibu: Mentor meeting in 10 minutes - if you are a mentor, want to be a mentor, or need a mentor!
[10:04] Dancers Yao: thank you all
[10:04] Buffy Beale: thanks for another great meeting
[10:04] In Kenzo: Ozma--- here's a link for you
[10:04] Ninlil Xeltentat: a great big thank you to the presenters, and all of our wonderful volunteers
[10:04] jacmacaire Humby: Bye everyone..
[10:04] In Kenzo:
[10:04] In Kenzo: working on populating this now :)
[10:04] In Kenzo: for all avatars on the HelpDesk email alias.
[10:05] Mimi Muircastle: that is going to be so helpful, InK!
[10:05] Ozma Malibu: That is quite wonderful
[10:05] Penguin Kuhn: yay
[10:06] In Kenzo: have a great day everyone
[10:06] Buffy Beale: u2 Ink
[10:06] In Kenzo: please mentors, i appreciate your additions to this page :)
[10:07] In Kenzo: you've handled many types of requests and we want to make sure we help everyone know how to handle the basic questions as they arise.
[10:08] Ozma Malibu: absolutely, inK, we can definitely contribute. It's all about getting the information together!
[10:09] Mimi Muircastle: agree Ozma - I will be right back for our meeting if that works???

( - September 24, 2010)

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